HERKIMER, N.Y. – Some local children, who otherwise may not have been able to, spent their Wednesday evening Christmas shopping for their families.
This is the second year the Herkimer Police Department applied for a grant through Walmart to participate in Shop with a Cop. While the event is fun for the kids and the cops, the mission is to build trust.
“A lot of times when anybody sees us not exactly in a great situation,” Herkimer Police Chief Mike Jory said. “This is a whole lot of fun for both sides. So they are enjoying themselves. They’re laughing, they’re fooling around. They’re picking out toys for Christmas. They’re having a great time.”
The organization Kids Oneida, which helps at-risk kids and their families, helped to identify the 15 children in-need. Then Herkimer Police paired an officer with each child.
“When we gave out the names, they knew some of the kids and I think that was very helpful,” Chief Jory said.
The kids were given a budget and an officer helped them pick out gifts. Santa was even in attendance to help with picking the perfect gift. Ilion and Little falls police departments also participated.